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LeCroy makes oscilloscopes more efficient

Posted: 10 Feb 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:lecroy? ms-32? mixed signal option? wavesurfer 400? waverunner 6000a?

LeCroy Corp. introduced the MS-32, a Mixed Signal Option that adds full 32 digital channel support to most 4-channel WaveSurfer 400 and WaveRunner 6000A series of oscilloscopes. According to the press release, the MS-32 enables users to operate more efficiently, with fewer reconnections and faster time to results, compared to solutions with only 16 digital channels.

The MS-32 and a WaveSurfer 400 or WaveRunner 6000 oscilloscope combine 4 analog channels with 32 digital channels to provide a 4+32 solution, a performance improvement over current 2+16 or 4+16 solutions.

"Existing 2+16 or 4+16 solutions were designed in an age when 8bit microcontrollers (MCUs) were common, and 16bit MCUs were becoming more prevalent," said John Hannes, VP and GM of LeCroy. "Today, customers are commonly using 16bit and often 32bit MCUs at speeds up to 125MHz. They are likely to need to observe twice the number of digital signals compared to a few years ago. LeCroy's 4+32 solution greatly increases the likelihood that there will be enough analog and digital channels available to observe complete circuit behavior in one capture, which makes debugging more efficient."

The MS-32 will allow a user to view all 16 ADDR and 16 DATA lines of a 16bit MCU in one capture, time-synchronized with up to 4 analog channels; or connect to any combination of digital lines. The powerful and flexible triggering enables users to set up digital or analog trigger conditions to capture the event of interest, while the long memory allows users to capture all their signal information in one trigger and then zoom in for greater detail and understanding, added LeCroy.

Unlike traditional logic analyzers, the company said, the MS-32 is affordable, easy to set up and use, and features a simple user-friendly oscilloscope interface. A single hardware module consolidates all of the MS-32/oscilloscope interconnections, so users can start viewing signals and debugging quickly. In addition, all standard oscilloscope tools, such as cursors, measurement parameters and zooming, are readily accessible.

A variety of accessories is available for the MS-32, including additional standard lead sets in two different lengths (26.55cm or 35.55cm), Mictor connection cables and variously sized micrograbbers.

The MS-32 package includes 32-channel digital logic pod, oscilloscope interface module, 26.55cm digital lead set, power supply, USB 2.0 cable, foam-lined soft accessory case and 5x magnifying glass.

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